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Pelican

It seems fitting, upon listening to Pelican's music, that the band hails from Chicago. When Tortoise and their contemporaries ushered in a new wave of instrumental music over a decade ago it was a pastiche of genre-defying sound,simultaneously cohesive and expansive in influence. Similarly, Pelican's songs touch on so much from the canon of rock music.Never contentto remain static over the course of their almost decade long career, 2009 finds Pelican has shifted gears once again. This year sees them on a new label, Southern Lord — a label helmed by Greg Anderson, whose own axe conjuratio ...read more

It seems fitting, upon listening to Pelican's music, that the band hails from Chicago. When Tortoise and their contemporaries ushered in a new wave of instrumental music over a decade ago it was a pastiche of genre-defying sound,simultaneously cohesive and expansive in influence. Similarly, Pelican's songs touch on so much from the canon of rock music.Never contentto remain static over the course of their almost decade long career, 2009 finds Pelican has shifted gears once again. This year sees them on a new label, Southern Lord — a label helmed by Greg Anderson, whose own axe conjurations in SUNN, Goatsnake and Engine Kid have long been admired by the Pelican camp – and presenting a new full length. What We All ComeTo Need is Pelican through and through and the apex of their creative aspirations. It is the album that straddles most confidently the fine line between adherence to roots and the mining of the unexplored.

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When the quartet's first full length, Australasia, came out in late 2003, it was an experiment in crushing heaviness,albeit melodic and compositionally complex that set them apart from their contemporaries. The songs excelled in exploring layers: where there were glacier-thick walls of guitars, there were also shifts and nuances that gave the songs room to breathe.These nuances became even more pronounced on Pelican's 2005 sophomore album, The Fire in our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw. Pegged early on as a “metal” band, it was with this second full length that it became apparent that this label was an oversimplification as the group had more in common with Slint and Hum than Slayer. With 2007’sCity of Echoesyet anotherstep in Pelican's evolution was unveiled. This new album showcased urgency, more twists andunexpected turns;songs withmore of a lyrical feel. And as evidenced by the post-DC-punk influenced title track, the band's disparate influenceswerepresented with increasing clarity as guitar dynamics and rhythmic interplay came out from behind the wall of sound thatwereevident on previous recordings. With shorter songs and a pronounced live feel, City of Echoes was an ode to the road:amusical manifesto to pile into a van and travel for months at a time—something they had done relentlessly.

Ephemeral, a three-song teaser EP released in early 2009, paved the way for thenew full length. Trevor deBrauw reckonstheband was once again at the mercy of “the riff” … how Pelicancould be more riff-orientedthan they had evidenced on eachoftheir previous albums is hard to imagine, but itshould be noted thatDylan Carlson, of Earth fame, lent the band a hand in re-creating an Earth songfrom their first 7”. And thatspeaks volumes as to what those “riffs” would continue to be like …beautifullyheavy.

In July 2009 Pelican ventured to Seattle to lay down a new album with ChrisCommon, who has helmedrecords for a varietyofbands, from Minus The Bear to These Arms Are Snakes.Eight songs were recordedover three weeks at Robert Lange,RedRoom Studios, and Elektrokitty. Beautifullyheavy results? You bet. Aspunishing as it is calming, What We All Come To NeedisPelican at their mostinspired and sonically adept,delivering 50 minutes of weighty riffs and textured progressionsinmomentoussuccession. This isn’tmaturation as much as it is confidence and purpose, and the latter are stampedoneverynote. GregAnderson, Aaron Turner (ISIS), Allen Epley (Life And Times), as well as Ben Verellen(Helms Alee)guested,lendingthe record organic diversity.

Fall 2009 will see Pelican presenting their new album in the live setting once again,first with a full U.S. tourscheduled tostartlate October. They will be joined, among others, by Disappearerand Black Cobra, the latterof which also sees a fallrelease fortheir new album on Southern Lord. http://www.hydrahead.com/pelican/ « hide

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LPs
Forever Becoming
10/15/2013

3.7
176 Votes
What We All Come To Need
2009

3.5
396 Votes
City of Echoes
2007

3.4
548 Votes
The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
2005

4
868 Votes
Australasia
2003

3.8
600 Votes
EPs
The Cliff
2015

3
26 Votes
Deny the Absolute/The Truce
08/01/2013

3.6
15 Votes
Ataraxia/Taraxis
04/10/2012

3.4
115 Votes
Young Widows/Pelican Split LP
2009

3
14 Votes
Ephemeral
2009

3.7
103 Votes
Pelican/These Arms are Snakes
2008

2.6
4 Votes
Pink Mammoth
2007

3.2
35 Votes
March Into the Sea
2005

3.9
163 Votes
Pelican
2001

3.7
151 Votes
Live Albums
Live at Empty Bottle December 15, 2015
2016

3.5
4 Votes
Arktika (live from Russia)
2014

3.9
10 Votes
After the Ceiling Cracked
2008

3.5
10 Votes
Live in Chicago 06/11/03
2005

3
2 Votes

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